Wrong-way drivers on the rise in Ontario

Wrong-way drivers on the rise in Ontario

Two dead among rash of wrong-way driving incidents: OPP

The OPP is asking motorists to call 911 when they spot wrong-way drivers after a rash of incidents that have led to five crashes and killed two people in the last month. From Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, the force responded to 25 cases of vehicles travelling towards oncoming traffic. There have been 207 such cases this year so far compared to 182 in all of 2017. A dozen charges have been laid in the recent incidents, including two impaired driving charges. Motorists who spot a wrong-way driver should immediately, but safely, pull over to the side of the road and call 911 with a location, a description of the vehicle and, if possible, a licence plate. “The OPP is reminding drivers to pay full attention to the road and observe all directional signage, especially when driving on busy, multi-lane highways,” the force said.

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OPP say they were was contacted 25 times for reports of vehicles travelling the wrong way between Oct. 5 and Nov. 5 with five of those ending in fatal collisions. There were 12 charges laid in five of the occurrences with two of those coming in relation to drugs or alcohol.

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A multitude of recent reports of wrong-way driving on Ontario highways and roads has prompted provincial police to issue an advisory to drivers who encounter a vehicle headed in their direction when they shouldnt be.

Ontario Provincial Police are warning drivers after startling number of wrong-way drivers were reported in the month of October.

Police are urging people to pull safely to the side of the road before calling 911 with any details they can provide such as location, a description of the vehicle and if possible, a licence plate number.

OPP say between Oct. 5 and Nov. 5, officers responded to 25 reports of a vehicle travelling the wrong way. Five of those resulted in collisions, and two of those crashes left two people dead.

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"Its absolutely devastating when you have two vehicles closing in at one another, head-on at highway speeds," said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Overall, there have already been 207 calls to the OPP over such incidents this year, a number well above the 182 in all of 2017.

According to OPP, there have been 207 reported wrong-way vehicles so far this year, a sharp increase from last years total of 182.

Drivers are also reminded to pay careful attention to directional signage, especially when driving on multi-lane highways.

Wrong way drivers are one of our highest priority calls, Schmidt said. We know the risks to traffic safety to human lives as a result of a vehicle coming towards you.

By the time they realize theres a car coming towards them in their lane, its almost impossible, Schmidt said.

"When drivers encounter a vehicle travelling the wrong way toward oncoming traffic, they should immediately and safely pull over to the side of the road, call 9-1-1 and provide their location, a description of the vehicle and the licence plate number if possible."

When youre getting onto a controlled-access highway, you can really only go on one way and if youre coming onto an exit theres going to be signs very clearly posted.

A rash of incidents involving a vehicle travelling the wrong way on a highway or road has the OPP raising an alarm about what drivers should do when encountering a vehicle travelling the wrong way toward oncoming traffic.    

OPP are reminding drivers to pay full attention to the road and highway signage. Drivers who see a car travelling the wrong direction are urged to safely pull over and call 911 with as many details as possible.

There were 182 wrong-way vehicle incidents on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017 and 207 so far this year.

Twelve charges were laid in the five collisions, including two charges of driving while ability impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Between October 5 and November 5, the OPP responded to 25 reports of a vehicle travelling the wrong way.

Wrong way drivers are one of our highest priority calls, Schmidt said. We know the risks to traffic safety to human lives as a result of a vehicle coming towards you.

One person is in custody after shots were fired in the Overbrook area Thursday afternoon. One person was sent to hospital.


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